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Popular amenities for Milwaukee vacation rentals

Stay near Milwaukee's top sights

Milwaukee County Zoo118 locals recommend
Miller Park178 locals recommend
Harley-Davidson Museum208 locals recommend
Milwaukee Art Museum398 locals recommend
Wisconsin State Fair Park48 locals recommend
Milwaukee Public Market267 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Milwaukee

  • Total rentals

    2.5K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    100K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    1.6K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    790 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    60 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    1.4K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Milwaukee

All About Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest urban area, is a vibrant Great Lakes city that retains its industrial past while pouring energy and investment into the cultural life of its distinctive neighborhoods, its charming downtown with late 19th-century buildings, and its waterfront district with views of Lake Michigan. Three rivers — the Milwaukee, the Kinnickinnic, and the Menomonee — pass through town, and you can kayak and canoe along the urban river trails. During the summer, enjoy a swim in the crisp Lake Michigan water at Bradford Beach.

The Old World Third Street Historic District is the best place to immerse yourself in Milwaukee’s German roots. You’ll want to come hungry to this area of town, home to restaurants serving Bavarian favorites like wiener schnitzel and bratwurst. The Milwaukee Public Market is an indoor marketplace with 20 local vendors selling craft cheeses, fresh seafood, and prepared foods. Just outside the city center, you can spend hours wandering through the historic neighborhoods of the Lower East Side or Murray Hill, admiring the Victorian homes.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Milwaukee

Milwaukee experiences extreme weather conditions, and although the temperature changes drastically throughout the year, there is plenty to do indoors and outside, making it a great year-round destination. The summer is a perfect time to visit Milwaukee’s beautiful waterfront, as the longer days are hot and, in late July through early September, humid. Spring in Wisconsin moves from melting snow and slush to wildflowers around April, and from late September through the end of November, you’ll see the city splashed with the colors of autumn leaves. Winters are cold, with freezing winds coming off the lake, so make sure you bring warm outerwear. You’ll want to browse museums then, try German beers along the Old World Third Street Historic District, or even test out your cross-country skis in the outlying parks.

Top things to do in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Public Museum

This museum of natural and human history has three floors filled with more than 4 million artifacts, making it the largest museum in Wisconsin. Experience interactive exhibits where you can walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs, stroll through the streets of Old Milwaukee, check out a recreated European village, or learn about the ancient crossroads of Europe, Africa, and Asia. You can also visit the planetarium.

Milwaukee RiverWalk

Once a thriving industrial area, the banks of the Milwaukee River are now home to a pedestrian path lined with bars, restaurants, and gardens. Starting at the historic Pierhead Lighthouse, the Milwaukee RiverWalk stretches an impressive 20 blocks through downtown. During the warmer months, the restaurant patios along the boardwalk hum with diners.

National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum

Home to more than 6,500 bobbleheads that date back decades, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the city’s quirkiest attractions. Search for bobbleheads of your favorite baseball players, actors, cartoon characters, and politicians. You can also learn about the history of bobbleheads and how they are made.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Milwaukee?

    Milwaukee has a humid continental climate with hot, humid summers and cold, snowy winters. Summer temperatures range from 70°F (21°C) to 80°F (27°C), while winter can drop to 20°F (-6°C) with frequent snowfall, providing opportunities for winter activities like ice skating and snowshoeing.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Milwaukee?

    Explore the Milwaukee Art Museum, take a leisurely stroll along the Lakefront Trail, and engage with science at the Discovery World. Learn about Harley-Davidson motorcycles at the Harley-Davidson Museum, or enjoy the beauty of nature at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Milwaukee?

    Many travelers visit Milwaukee between June and September when the weather is warm, around 70°F (21°C) to 80°F (27°C). The city hosts several events during this time, including Summerfest, one of the world's largest music festivals, and the Wisconsin State Fair in August.

  • What are the best places to stay in Milwaukee?

    East Town is popular for its nightlife and dining options, while the Historic Third Ward is known for its converted warehouses and boutiques. Bay View has a strong community vibe and Walker's Point is a revitalizing neighborhood with a growing food scene.

  • What are the best places to visit in Milwaukee?

    Frequently suggested places include the Milwaukee Public Museum, the historic Pabst Mansion, and the Milwaukee County Zoo. For nature lovers, Bradford Beach and the Boerner Botanical Gardens are often recommended.

  • What are some hiking trails in Milwaukee?

    The Oak Leaf Trail is a 125 miles (200 km) greenway that encircles Milwaukee County. Grant Park Trails offers a more challenging hike with beautiful views. The Seven Bridges Trail in Grant Park is also a popular option, known for its scenic surroundings.

  • What are some family activities to do in Milwaukee?

    Families can have a fun day at the Betty Brinn Children's Museum, learn about aquatic life at the Milwaukee County Zoo, or explore the natural beauty of Lake Park. The Milwaukee Public Museum is also great for families with its interactive exhibits.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Milwaukee?

    Travelers can take a day trip to Madison, Wisconsin's capital, or visit the Kettle Moraine State Forest for outdoor activities. The charming town of Cedarburg, known for its well-preserved 19th-century buildings, is another option worth considering.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Milwaukee?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Milwaukee. From over 100 condo rentals to over 1,200 house rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Milwaukee?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 1,450 vacation rentals in Milwaukee featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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